Here are the top 42 tourist attractions to see in London:

1. Buckingham Palace

4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 42
places to visit in London

The official residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch, Buckingham Palace is a major tourist destination. It is located in the City of Westminster.

2. St. Paul's Cathedral

4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 42
places to visit in London

St. Paul's Cathedral is famous because of its awe inspiring interior which attracts a lot of tourists. There is a touch screen multimedia guide that helps the tourists explore the iconic building and see some of the greatest tombs and memorials.

3. London Eye

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 42
places to visit in London

Centrally located in London, the Coca Cola London Eye can be termed as the heart of the city. It rotates gracefully over the River Thames, opposite the Houses of the Parliament and Big Ben.

4. Westminster Abbey

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
4 out of 42
places to visit in London

A historically relevant 1000-year old World Heritage Site, Westminster Abbey in the City of Westminster is one of London’s most regal and noteworthy religious churches. Located along the western bank of the River Thames, it is known for having hosted coronations, weddings, and for being a burial site for the English and British monarchs back in the day.

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5. Tower Bridge

3.8 /5

4 km
from city center
5 out of 42
places to visit in London

The Tower Bridge holds an exhibition from where one can know all about how the world's most popular bridge works and the history behind the creation of it. One can also enjoy the panoramic views of the city.

6. British Museum

3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 42
places to visit in London

Founded in 1753, the British Museum is one of the most remarkable tourist attractions in London and has a collection of materials over two million years of human history. It presents a unique comparison of the treasures of the global culture under a single roof.

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7. National Gallery

3.7 /5

0 km
from city center
7 out of 42
places to visit in London

The National Gallery is a art gallery situated in London which displays more than 2000 Western European paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. The works of renowned artists like Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh, etc are displayed here.

8. Natural History Museum

3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
8 out of 42
places to visit in London

The Natural History Museum is another popular museum in London which exhibits the dinosaurs gallery, mammals display and other skeletons. It is one of the most beautiful landmark buildings in London.

9. Somerset House

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
9 out of 42
places to visit in London

Somerset House is a unique part of the cultural scene in London. It is a historic building where there are different types of surprising and original work that comes to life and it is considered as a key cultural destination in the heart of the city.

10. Big Ben and Parliament

3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 42
places to visit in London

Big Ben is referred to the Great Bell of the clock that is situated at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Also known as clock tower, its official name is Elizabeth Tower. It is just beside the Houses of the parliament.

11. Hyde Park

3.5 /5

3 km
from city center
11 out of 42
places to visit in London

Hyde Park is visited by millions of tourists and local people every year and it is one of the eight royal parks in London. The Hyde Park covers an area of 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks like the Serpentine Lake, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the Speaker's corner. There are also other recreational activities in the park.

12. St. Paul’s Cathedral

12 out of 42
places to visit in London

Perched atop the highest point in London, and a Grade I listed building under the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England by the British Government, St. Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican church, which is also the matrice or Mother Church of the Church of England’s province of Canterbury or the Diocese of London.

13. BFI London

1 km
from city center
13 out of 42
places to visit in London

Conceptualised by James Quinn almost 66 years ago in 1953, the London Film Institute (BFI), UK’s principal arts promotion and preservation organisation, hosts the London Film Festival every year. It is a celebration of the world of cinema, with over 300 screenings of movies and documentaries from talent across 70 countries taking place every year.

14. St. Paul's Cathedral

3 km
from city center
14 out of 42
places to visit in London

Perched atop the highest point in London, and a Grade I listed building under the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England by the British Government, St. Paul’s Cathedral is an Anglican church, which is also the matrice or Mother Church of the Church of England’s province of Canterbury or the Diocese of London.

15. Kensington Palace

4 km
from city center
15 out of 42
places to visit in London

Amidst the wide expanse of the Hyde Park stands the regal and splendid royal residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th Century, Kensington Palace. It is situated in Royal Borough of Kensington in Chelsea and London. A part of the palace, the State Rooms, is now a tourist attraction and is open for the public to look around and marvel at the grandeur, magnanimity, and the history of the place.

16. Warner Bros Studio Tour

2 km
from city center
16 out of 42
places to visit in London

The Warner Bros Studios Tour is located just outside London at Leavesden, Watford. This fully working studio, one of the largest in the UK, has witnessed many films being shot here, such as the entire Harry Potter series, Batman movies, Star Wars movies, and the Mission Impossible films.

17. Millennium Bridge

2 km
from city center
17 out of 42
places to visit in London

Officially called the London Millennium Footbridge and famously known as the ‘Wobbly Bridge’, the Millennium Bridge, located between Southwark Bridge and Blackfriars Railway Bridge is for pedestrians to cross the River Thames. It is a steel suspension bridge, inaugurated in 2000, which is owned by Bridge House Estates, a charitable trust under the City of London Corporation. They are also in charge of its maintenance.

18. London Museum of Transport

4,689 km
from city center
18 out of 42
places to visit in London

Located in the heart of Covent Garden Piazza, the London Transport or LT Museum is a London heritage site, preserving and exhibiting the place’s transport network, its history, and its growth over the years, along with all aspects of transportation in the city, ranging from buses to tubes to trains.

19. Portobello Road Market

5 km
from city center
19 out of 42
places to visit in London

One of London’s busiest and most colourful places is the Portobello Road Market, located in Notting Hill in the west part of London. The market has 5 different sections- antiques, fashion & clothing, second-hand goods, fruits & vegetables, and household essentials. Different sections are open at different days of the week, with Saturday being the only day with all 5 sections open.

20. Baker Street

5,876 km
from city center
20 out of 42
places to visit in London

Named after William Baker who laid out the design of this street, Baker Street is a famous 18th century street. It is located in the City of Westminster. Once an uptown residential dwelling, Baker Street is now a mostly commercial area.

21. The O2

1 km
from city center
21 out of 42
places to visit in London

A total entertainment hub, the O2, located in the Southeast part of London is a large space with hosts of restaurants, exhibition spaces, music club, and the United Kingdom’s second largest indoor arena, the O2 Arena.

22. Chinatown, London

1 km
from city center
22 out of 42
places to visit in London

A colourful and flavoursome mix of the offerings of authentic Chinese culture, London’s Chinatown, located in the West End part of London in Soho, is a busy and bustling marketplace with a high concentration of East Asian diaspora.

23. Hampton Court Palace

5 km
from city center
23 out of 42
places to visit in London

Perched along the borough of Richmond along the River Thames in the central part of London is the famous and royally magnificent Hampton Court Palace. Split into Tudor Palace and the Baroque, with gardens, playground, and an art gallery, the royalty of the place is not lost on its visitors.

24. Electric Avenue

24 out of 42
places to visit in London

A 19th century market street, the Electric Avenue is known to be the first street to have been lit with electricity. Located in Brixton, it is a great shopping destination to buy electronics and gadgets such as cameras, mobile phones, laptops and such and is also immortalised by Eddy Grant’s 1982 Reggae-inspired hit single by the same name.

25. Leicester Square

0 km
from city center
25 out of 42
places to visit in London

Located in the heart and center of West End, London, and built in 1670, Leicester Square is the one-stop entertainment hub for all your needs. Experience the best of shows and become bedazzled by the star-studded red carpet events at venues in the area.

26. Platform 9 and 3/4

67 km
from city center
26 out of 42
places to visit in London

In the fictional yet captivatingly magical world of Harry Potter, Platform 9 and ¾ signifies the mystical train platform between the ordinary world platforms 9 and 10, through which young wizards and witches could jump over to hop aboard the Hogwarts Express to reach the Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

27. Piccadilly Circus

1 km
from city center
27 out of 42
places to visit in London

Named after the house of a tailor Roger Biker who became famous for selling piccadils, the Piccadilly Circus, originally called the Piccadilly House, is not a circus. It used to be a circle or ring-shaped public area but has become square shaped over time. Piccadilly House was the residence of Roger Biker, who used to make Piccadils, which are stiff-neck frilled collars worn by the gentrified in the 17th century.

28. Shoreditch

4 km
from city center
28 out of 42
places to visit in London

Located in the East End of London, Shoreditch is a famous suburban dwelling and tourist attraction, for it has a great variety of happening and interesting pubs and restaurants. The area has an urbane and spirited feel to it, with walls covered in creative graffiti designs, and the area links to Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street, Brick Lane, and Boxpark.

29. Bond Street

10 km
from city center
29 out of 42
places to visit in London

If shopping from famous brands is your thing and you fancy going to classy places to wine and dine, then your visit to London would be incomplete without a visit to Bond Street. Situated in Mayfair, this place is quintessentially British, upmarket, and the ‘it’ place you should definitely be headed to when in town for an exquisite experience.

30. Trafalgar Square

0 km
from city center
30 out of 42
places to visit in London

A central and prime location in the city, Trafalgar Square is located in the city of Westminster and is a public square with many cultural spaces, museums and galleries around the square. Distances to other places are measured from Trafalgar Square, which was initially designed by famous architect John Nash in the 1820s.

31. Thames Cruise

5,394 km
from city center
31 out of 42
places to visit in London

Cruising through the middle of the city to gaze at and take in the beauty and bounty of London is the 346 km long Thames river, offering the famous and the many Thames Cruises. One gets to admire a number of exemplary sights along the way, covering almost 80 islands and 200 bridges.

32. Kew Gardens

12 km
from city center
32 out of 42
places to visit in London

A World Heritage Site, London’s Kew Gardens is famous for its sprawling landscape and an impressive collection of flora and fauna. It is home to the world’s most diverse and enchanting species of flora, spread over 121 hectares, and in existence for more than 250 years.

33. Natural History Museum

1 km
from city center
33 out of 42
places to visit in London

The Natural History Museum, located in South Kensington, is a world-famous museum that houses approximately 80 million life and earth science specimens within five prime collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology, and zoology. It welcomes more than 5 million visitors each year.

34. Oxford Street

2 km
from city center
34 out of 42
places to visit in London

One of the busiest streets not only in the city but worldwide, the Oxford Street is known to be a famous shopping destination, with over 500 brand stores and a footfall of around 200 million annually.

35. Covent Garden

6 km
from city center
35 out of 42
places to visit in London

A square in the City of Westminster, London, Covent Gardens was a residential area back in the 1630s and the main fruits and vegetables market of the city for more than 300 years. The Covent Garden Market operated at the place for many years before it got moved to become a bigger market at Nine Elms, Wandsworth, south of the River Thames.

36. Hampstead Heath

7 km
from city center
36 out of 42
places to visit in London

An expansive green open and recreational space spanning across 790 acres, Hampstead is one of the most popular heaths amongst Londoners. Not only is it a large beautiful open space, it is also home to a number of wildlife species and is also a national Zoo, and a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

37. Soho

1 km
from city center
37 out of 42
places to visit in London

Nestled in Westminster, Soho has transitioned from being a farmland in the 16th century to being an entertainment hub since the late 19th century in London. A go-to place in Central London, this place is an entanglement of cultures and history along with food, music, leisure and extravaganza. With a history dating back to the 17th century and for being popular in being soiled in sex, drugs and all sorts of notorious acts, Soho is now a more up-market and prominent place for people to have a good time.

38. Camden Town

4 km
from city center
38 out of 42
places to visit in London

An upbeat and vibrant mix of shopping, great eateries, pubs and live shows, Camden Town is a perfect place to not only enjoy on the weekends, but even after office hours to grab a drink and relax. Situated in Northwest London, even though it’s a residential area, it has become a great hub for people to meet and have a gala time.

39. London Dungeon

1 km
from city center
39 out of 42
places to visit in London

Located along London’s South Bank, London Dungeon is a themed thrilling attraction site and one of the 6 dungeons in the whole of UK, amongst others around the world. The place recreates the most horrible, gruesome and grotesque events from the capital’s history in a black comedy or gallows humour style.

40. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London

11 km
from city center
40 out of 42
places to visit in London

Since its inception in 1835, Madame Tussauds has been leaving people starry-eyed with its wide array of wax figures of famous personalities from around the world, including famed and popular movie characters, YouTube artists, revolutionaries, and even controversial figures of people like Adolf Hitler. Started by Marie Tussauds who used to sculpt faces and figures from wax from a tender age of 6, this place is a high-rated and highly loved tourist attraction in London.

41. Churchill War Rooms

8 km
from city center
41 out of 42
places to visit in London

A historical underground war room used during World War II, The Churchill Museum is a treasury of the life and legacy of the former Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill. A writer, statesman, war veteran, and writer, Churchill successfully led Britain to victory during World War II when he was serving as the Prime Minister. Churchill War rooms were the hideout place throughout the time of the war. The place is the only one in the world dedicated truly and only to him and his contributions during World War II.

42. Tower of London

3 km
from city center
42 out of 42
places to visit in London

A royal fortress and a World Heritage Site which is also famous for being an infamous prison back in the day, the Tower of London, founded in 1066 and located in the heart of the city, is a majestic fortress, with a history dating back to centuries before the present day. Treat your eyes to the world-famous and priceless jewels, archaic yet riveting architecture, and to a clear view of the River Thames on a day trip to this Tower.

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